It turns out there are just giants everywhere in Florida, everywhere. Nick and Laurie last were able to defeat a giant in the previous installment, but it turns out there are a lot more. Jack Noseeum shows up at the door and asks for them one evening. They manage to make it away. The giants are waking up for something, but Jack doesn’t know what, but soon his family wants him to live with them because he’s too old. The kids are on their own for a while.
More and more giants start to appear. The children know they must think of a plan. They end up involving Jules and his girlfriend Cindi after their house is destroyed by a giant. They find out that giants like to listen to mermaids singing. The children bargain with the mermaids for them to sing, but they don’t sing for very long. Luckily, one of them recorded the singing and they are able to draw the giants out into the ocean, where they will not die, but kind of hang out.
In the end the Vargas kids are homeless and the giants are defeated.
What I liked
Holly and Tony do a great job of researching folklore. There is a lot of this I’ve heard before, as far as the folklore, and Holly and Tony are on spot. Some of it is a little odd, but there are multiple stories about each folklore. I like the idea of being able to lure giants away and into the ocean with a recording. Still though, why would giants pick Florida of all places? It seems like there would be better places to be a giant, like the Rocky Mountains for example, where a giant could hide. A giant cannot hide very well on flat land.
What I didn’t like
Yep this series is still set in Florida. Did Holly and Tony move? The first books were set in Maine and now these books are set in Florida. Giants can’t hide in Florida. It all seems very impractical. Also, those mermaids were jerks.
Bring me a special fish.
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